Dip Coaters

KSV NIMA Dip Coaters are robust computer-controlled instruments for precise thin film deposition. They provide solutions for dip coating of small to large samples in either single or multiple vessels that are suitable for both simple and complex vessel sequencing.

Features & Benefits

  • User independent. High resolution motorized movement and software control, simplify precision dipping experiments.
  • Flexible programming of dipping sequences. The Windows-based Dip Coating software enables easy programming of a dipping sequence into either single or multiple vessels. The dipping sequences can be stored in the computer for further use. Computer-controlled deposition features include setting the substrate resting positions, immersion speed, submersion period, withdrawal speed, drying period and number of dip cycles.
  • Vibration free immersion and withdrawal. The dipping mechanism enables vibration-free immersion and withdrawal of samples into the liquid vessels for precise and uniform coatings.
  • Versatile and robust. The range of products and accessories enable various configurations fitting a wide range of experimental requirements. The accessories offer the capability for in-built temperature and pH control and magnetic stirring. The Dip Coaters are safe long-term investments that are made from durable materials.

Applications

Dip coating can be applied to a large variety of materials from the inorganic sols and inorganic nanoparticles to self-assembling biochemical systems. Applications include deposition electrical- and electro-optical layers, anti-reflective coatings, creating super hydrophobic surfaces and depositing biologically compatible coatings.

The following surface coatings can, for example, be created:

  • Sol-gel coatings
  • Layer-by-layer assemblies
  • Self-assembled monolayers

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Product details

KSV NIMA Dip Coaters are designed to deposit layers of materials in a controlled and repeatable way. It is possible to deposit films of various thicknesses, from monolayers to multilayered structures. Automated dippers are well suited to situations when deposition is based on kinetic factors and where good control is needed. For multilayer deposition, multi-vessel dipping enables automated deposition with good reproducibility.

The product range covers compact instruments for coating small samples in a single vessel to more complex systems enabling horizontal and vertical movement for multi-vessel operations and coating of large samples.

The range of Dip Coaters is divided into two types: single and mul­tiple vessel systems. Single Vessel Dip Coaters are used to deposit from one solution while the Multiple Vessel Dip Coaters enable many solutions to be used that can include cleaning or rinsing. The ‘single vessel’ and ‘multi-vessel’ categories offer Small, Medium and Large systems to cater for a large range of sample sizes. A Single Vessel Dip Coater is also available for extra large samples. It is possible to choose from the Dip Coater systems suited to sample weight, sample size, number of samples, dipper movements and number of vessels required (see tables below for exact specifications).

All KSV NIMA Dip Coaters come complete with software, computer interface with USB connection, instruction manual and solution vessels.

Dip Coaters for single vessel sequencing

 
Small
Medium
Large
Extra Large

Sample specifications

Weight (g)
0…150 0…500 0…500 0…2500
Height (mm)
15…140 25…300 25…500 25…1000
Width (mm)
5…150 5…400 5…400 5…600
Thickness (mm)
0.15…3 0.15…15 0.15…15 0.15…15
Number of samples
1, 2*, 3* 1, 6*, 10* 1, 6*, 10* 1, 6*, 10*

Other instrument specifications

Dipping speed (mm/min)
0.1…100, 0.2…200* 1…1000 1…1000 1…1500
Dimensions (L×W×H, mm)
275×154×420 490×410×1200 490×410×1800 690×606×2650

*Optional

Single Vessel Small
Single Vessel Medium/Large
Single Vessel Extra Large

 

Dip Coaters for multiple vessel sequencing

 
Small
Medium
Large

Sample specifications

     
Weight (g)
0…150 0…500 0…500
Height (mm)
10…70 25…300 25…500
Width (mm)
5…45 5…950 5…950
Thickness (mm)
0.15…3 0.15…15 0.15…15
Number of samples
1 1, 6*, 10* 1, 6*, 10*

Other instrument specifications

Dipping speed (mm/min)
0.1…108 1…1000 1…1000
Horizontal motion type
Rotating dipper Linear (0…800 mm) Linear (0…800 mm)
Horizontal speed (mm/min)
Fixed rotational speed 1…1500 1…1500
Dimensions (L×W×H, mm)
275×154×420 490×410×1200 490×410×1800

*Optional

Multi Vessel Small
Multi Vessel Medium/Large

 

You can find a complete product description in the product brochure.

Accessories are available to add further capabilities to your KSV NIMA Dip Coaters. For the complete accessory list, see:

 
Dip Coaters

Computer requirements

 
Minimum system requirements
  • 1 GHz processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 40 GB hard disk drive (20 GB free)
  • 1024×768 resolution
  • USB Port
  • RS-232 Port (for water bath option)
Operating system requirements
  • Windows XP sp2 (32 bit)
  • Windows Vista Home sp1
  • Windows Vista Home premium sp1 (32 bit)
  • Windows Vista Ultimate (32 bit) sp1
  • Windows Vista Business sp1 (32 bit)
  • Windows 7 (32 bit and 64 bit)
  • Windows 10

Custom projects

KSV NIMA has constructed many custom dip coaters over the years for customers with specific requirements and may consider any design modifications that you desire. Please consult our custom project page for more information on possible customizations.

Application examples

Sol-gel technique

Dip coating of inorganic sols (or so-called sol-gel synthesis) is a way of creating thin inorganic or polymeric coatings. In sol-gel synthesis the speed of deposition speed is an important parameter that affects, for example, layer thickness, density and porosity.

The sol-gel technique is a deposition method that is widely used in material science to create protective coatings, optical coatings or ceramics etc. This technique starts with the hydrolysis of a liquid precursor (sol), which undergoes poly-condensation to gradually obtain a gel. This gel is a bi-phasic system containing both a liquid phase (solvent) and a solid phase (integrated network, typically polymer network). The proportion of liquid is reduced stepwise. The rest of the liquid can be removed by drying and can be coupled with a thermal treatment to tailor the material properties of the solid.